For me, spring is a very frustrating time of year. Beautiful, yes, but frustrating. The days dawn so pure and sunny, and by noon the air is growing balmy. I exuberantly throw on a sundress and sandals and I feel great for the rest of the afternoon. Then things start to change as evening nips in with its cold fingers and my outfit choice is subjecting me to hypothermia. This is the frustrating part. How do you decide what to wear during these moody weather seasons without being over or under dressed? Moreover, how do you decide what to wear that isn't using winter clothes to death, injects a spring feel, and keeps you temperature-friendly all day long?
Are you starting to feel overwhelmed? Fear not, the answer lies in layering. Tori and I shot these photos on one of those terrible spring days that starts out 75 and sunny and ends freezing winds and sleet (I'm not even kidding, thanks Kansas). This outfit was by far my warmest look of the day. Typically, I would not wear this outfit standing on an old airplane, but rather on a weekend day to night scenario. The jeans, crop and heels are casual enough to grab happy hour drinks while it's still warm and pulling on the leather jacket will keep you warm without losing the fun feel for a night out.
Another key factor besides layering to consider is injecting some spring themes into your outfit. In this case, the springtime elements are subtle since this is a black outfit (not the typical spring color). The heels are open toe and have fun fringe detail. The black crop is a chunky lace, adding to that whimsical spring feel. The fact that it's a crop speaks to spring in and of itself. The light gray destroyed jeans lighten up the entire look. This would be a very different outfit if I'd chosen black jeans!
When it all comes down to it, try not to get frustrated by the temperamental nature of spring. Yes, she can be moody, but the ever-shifting nature of the world and life itself is what makes it all so interesting, plus it keeps us strong. So whether it's an outfit challenge or a work challenge or anything between, take it head on with confidence--you'll already be ahead of the game.